Since 1977, CEI has been involved in workforce development. Initially our national demonstration projects were funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Ford Foundation, and utilized the strategy of stimulating the creation of jobs by investing in Maine's entrepreneurs. While we now have other funders, we continue this tradition. Dedicated to the employment issues of people with low incomes and those at risk of poverty, CEI has developed a model to increase economic self-sufficiency of people with low incomes by facilitating access to those jobs.
This model involves four strategies:
- Implement Employment Training Agreements (ETAG), the keystone of CEI's workforce development strategy. This "social compact" between financed businesses and CEI targets a percentage of newly created jobs for low-income individuals.
- Act as a workforce intermediary to connect these businesses looking for qualified workers to low-income job seekers looking for quality employment and seeking to advance their careers.
- Provide human resources support to the businesses in CEI’s lending portfolio. Link businesses with resources to upgrade the skills of their workforce and provide training for new workers, as well as broker services for businesses that enhance their bottom line and support growth.
- Develop innovative projects that yield best practices and training models proven to help job seekers find and keep jobs.
CEI’s approach to workforce development is recognized nationally for its creative models and impact for creating economic opportunity for people with low incomes and those at risk of poverty. The Workforce Solutions team is actively engaged in federal and state policy and advocacy coalitions that strive to inform and shape public policies that benefit job seekers, workers and businesses.
For more information, visit:
Maine Department of Labor Workforce Development Programs
Diversity Hiring Coalition of Maine (DHC)